The ICTY Perisic Acquittal Implications

What of the Croatian genocide lawsuit against Serbia? It is likely to have no effect. Luka Misetic, who successfully represented General Ante Gotovina at the ICTY explains: “Croatia is suing for genocide for events in 1991-92, before Perisic came to office. For the period of 1991-92, the ICTY has already affirmed the existence of a Joint Criminal Enterprise led from Belgrade that included Milosevic as well as the JNA leadership like Kadijevic and Adzic (see Martic Trial Judgement, paragraphs 445-446). The Martic Trial Judgement was affirmed on appeal. Accordingly, I don’t think Perisic’s acquittal will have any significant effect on Croatia’s genocide claim.”

AND – Serbia needs to get its act together if it’s serious about justice, and commence, meaningfully, prosecuting it’s own citizens who were in the Yugoslav People’s Army during aggression against Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Croatia Business Report

By Brian Gallagher

Serbian General Momcilo Perisic, who had been convicted for aiding and abetting war crimes in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) has had all his convictions reversed and was freed by the ICTY appeals chamber at The Hague. What are the implications, given that this means the ICTY has failed to convict any Belgrade official for crimes in Croatia and BiH?

Belgrade will no doubt be pleased and may even use this to downplay or revise their sinister role in the war in Croatia and BiH. However, other judgements at the ICTY will make that difficult. And it will certainly be more difficult for Serbia to say the Tribunal  is biased against Serbs.

What of the Croatian genocide lawsuit against Serbia? It is likely to have no effect. Luka Misetic, who successfully represented General Ante Gotovina at the ICTY explains: “Croatia is suing for genocide for events in 1991-92…

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  1. November 16th gave me a renewed faith in Croatia’s future that this decision can’t spoil. I think it’s more important to see to it that the six remaining Croatian Generals get the best defense available to them, as their fate will also have an impact on both Croatia and the Croatians living in B&H. Brian Gallagher has once again dissected a complicated situation into sections that illustrate the impact that the Perisic decision may have on Croatia’s progress, but that is no surprise, as he has been doing the same since the beginning of the trial and it has been a pleasure reading his articles. I firmly believe that really the only thing that Croatia needs is electoral reform, which would itself guarantee judicial reform, lustration, and responsible government, simply by virtue of having resposible and yet punishable political representation.


  2. Americro says:

    Well said Brankec.



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